Wednesday 19 May 2021

Discovery season three home video extra feature details, plus behind the scenes round-up

Season three of Discovery(ad) is set for home video release in July, and CBS Home Entertainment have now revealed the full line-up of extra features. Continue below to check out the details of those, plus a round-up of the latest behind the scenes goodies shared by the series' crew and cast.

The home video release incudes a number of documentary featurettes, a gag reel, and deleted scenes, but alas no audio commentaries this time around. 

Among the behind the scenes content, the ones that jump out to me are The Voyage of Season 3, looking at how every element of the production adapted to the new future setting, and Kenneth Mitchell: To Boldly Go, dedicated to the actor now living with ALS and how the series built a new character around his wheelchair use.

Here's the full run-down:
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY: THE VOYAGE OF SEASON 3 - Jump to the future with the crew of the Discovery as they discuss the new adventures with writers and producers, and dive into how their visions were realized by the cast, sets, costumes and props.

STUNTED - Featuring interviews with cast and stunt coordinator Christopher Maguire, fans get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the stunts from rehearsal to the expertise required to make them safe, believable and executed to perfection.

BEING MICHAEL BURNHAM (Exclusive) - Sonequa Martin Green takes fans on her season-long journey as Michael Burnham with her personal record of the season and this beloved character.

KENNETH MITCHELL: TO BOLDLY GO - Traditionally the man behind the mask in Discovery, Kenneth Mitchell is unveiled as Aurellio in the third season. Featuring cast and crew interviews, this emotional and intimate look touches on Kenneth’s life with ALS. Discussed on camera for the first time, the featurette highlights how Kenneth's wheelchair was included for his on-screen character, his own take on the various roles he played in Discovery and what those roles mean to the show.

BRIDGE BUILDING - Fans have been intrigued by Starship Discovery’s Bridge Crew for three seasons. Now, they can immerse themselves in all things crew-related in this behind-the-scenes look showcasing the characters and actors who bring them to life each week.

WRITER’S LOG: MICHELLE PARADISE (Exclusive) - Showrunner Michelle Paradise provides a personal log about shooting the beginning of season three in Iceland.


GAG REEL (Exclusive)
The series is coming to bluray(ad), including steelbook packaging(ad) if you prefer, and also DVD(ad) - See my previous report for a look at the various covers.

While we wait for all those new documentaries, the cast crew have been busy sharing bits and bobs for their time on production, from season three and before. Here for instance is a cool visual effects breakdown video from effects how Pixomondo:

The visual effect department also shared several breakdown videos on their own Instagram account:

Dipping back to the very start of Discovery, starship designer John Eaves has added a Discovery gallery to his website with several pieces of art of ships from the first season, including many views of the version of the Enterprise before the pylons got swept back:

There's also this slight variation of the Discovery:

And various other ships from the Starfleet fleet. Interestingly this first image of a USS Curie is marked as a "transwarp test bed starship" - As described in the book The Art of John Eaves(ad), this, what we now know as the Shepard class, was originally going to be the ship featured in Context if For Kings, before it was switched out for the Crossfield class USS Glenn.

You can see many more images of these and other ships on John Eaves' website.

Also from early on, concept artist Thomas Pringle shared these nice images of the Discovery shuttlecraft:

Switching to the costume department and right back up the season three. If you make your way to you can find a great video of costume designer Gersha Phillips walking us through the new looks from season three (in depth content I wish was included in the home video releases too!).

The costume department also has their own Instagram account and has shared some really interesting stuff. Here for instance is a breakdown of how the United Earth Defense Force uniform was created:

Laser cutting, heat transfer bondingūüĒ•, chroming with 3D printing, molding & sculpting are techniques our Special Effects team used to bring the costumes to life! 

The epaulette chevrons were made up of laser cut foam, heat bonded sandwiched in between our fabric to create the 3D effect.  

Several posts have focused on the costume for the Betelgeusian Cosmo Traitt:

Here are some more concept to final images:

And some of the other Mercantile aliens from the first episode of the season, including this rain-ready east-Asian inspired Osnullus look:

From earlier in production, here is a delightfully odd video of dancing Klingons:

And via prop painter Jordan DeVries, here are some nice up-close looks at the 23rd century Starfleet phaser rifle: have also released several new official being the scenes photographs in their round-up gallery of behind the scenes shots:

While on-set photographer Dennys Ilic shared this impressive massive group photo of the crew on the bridge (weird it feels weird to see so many people gathered so close only a couple of years ago!):

Ilic also shared some more intimate shots on set with director Jonathan Frakes:

While fellow director and executive producer Olatunde Osunsanmi shared this shot of himself with the cast blocking for a shot in the final episode of the season:

Finally what I assume to be a much more current photo (given the mask) from David Ajala, back on set with Grudge the cat, and trying to do some sort of cat-Inception with that T-shirt!

For more Discovery updates check back through my Discovery tag, and for more of the above sort of content from all of Trek, see my behind the scenes and concept art tags.

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